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Learning organizations seem like a great idea to just about everyone. But how do you actually create them? In many organizations, attempting to promote learning can seem daunting at best and …

Learning organizations seem like a great idea to just about everyone. But how do you actually create them? In many organizations, attempting to promote learning can seem daunting at best and impossible at worst—especially when you don't feel particularly empowered to do so. Matt Barcomb focuses on what you can do from multiple perspectives. He first discusses what a learning organization is and why the concept is important for the future of many organizations. Next, Matt shares approaches and considerations for growing learning environments, including common organizational pitfalls. Then, he reviews various ideas he has seen or been a part of putting into practice in the real world. Learn techniques that cover areas from product development to creating organizational programs for both individuals and teams. Finally, work together in small groups to discover tangible learning ideas that you can quickly and practically put into practice when you return to work.

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  • 1. BT9 Concurrent Session 11/14/2013 3:45 PM "Growing a Learning Organization from the Bottom Up" Presented by: Matt Barcomb odbox Brought to you by: 340 Corporate Way, Suite 300, Orange Park, FL 32073 888 268 8770 904 278 0524 sqeinfo@sqe.com www.sqe.com
  • 2. Matt Barcomb odbox Matt Barcomb (@mattbarcomb) is passionate about building collaborative, cross-functional teams; enjoys being out-of-doors; loves punning; and thrives on guiding organizations toward sustainable, adaptive, and holistic improvement. Matt started programming as a wee lad and eventually wound up getting paid for it. It took him nearly ten years to realize that “people problems” were the biggest issue facing most software development businesses. Since then he has spent his time and energy trying to find ways to make the business–software universe a better place to work, play, and do business. Currently residing in Cleveland, Matt keeps busy consulting and hiking. Read his musings on his blog.
  • 3. Growing a Learning Organization From the Bottom Up ...with Matt Barcomb @mattbarcomb matt@odbox.co Copyright 2013 odbox. This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 3.0 Unported License.
  • 4. Me? You? Copyright 2013 odbox. This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 3.0 Unported License.
  • 5. What’s a Learning Organization? Defined: Organizations that continually develop themselves through developing their people. Copyright 2013 odbox. This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 3.0 Unported License.
  • 6. Why bother? Copyright 2013 odbox. This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 3.0 Unported License.
  • 7. Why bother? Innovation Quality Adaptability Satisfaction Copyright 2013 odbox. This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 3.0 Unported License.
  • 8. Why bother? Innovation Quality Adaptability Satisfaction Viability! Copyright 2013 odbox. This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 3.0 Unported License.
  • 9. Who can grow a Learning Organization? Copyright 2013 odbox. This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 3.0 Unported License.
  • 10. Who can grow a Learning Organization? Leadership HR Departments Consultants Copyright 2013 odbox. This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 3.0 Unported License.
  • 11. Who can grow a Learning Organization? Leadership HR Departments Consultants ...you! Copyright 2013 odbox. This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 3.0 Unported License.
  • 12. When is there time? Down time Work tasks Team activities Product development Organizational programs Copyright 2013 odbox. This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 3.0 Unported License.
  • 13. Using down time Times, timing & time-boxes Deliberate practice Interest groups Side projects Special events Copyright 2013 odbox. This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 3.0 Unported License.
  • 14. Leveraging work time Pair on work Use an iterative approach Grow broadly & deeply basic ➟ advanced ➟ heuristics Copyright 2013 odbox. This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 3.0 Unported License.
  • 15. Learning as a team Use your team space Cross-role activities Retrospection Copyright 2013 odbox. This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 3.0 Unported License.
  • 16. Engage with product discovery Mapping techniques Gemba walks Validate assumptions Show off your work Copyright 2013 odbox. This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 3.0 Unported License.
  • 17. Organizational Programs Apprenticeship Mentoring Shadowing Coaching Group Internal Conferences Copyright 2013 odbox. This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 3.0 Unported License.
  • 18. Activity Goal Next step Dates Accountabili-buddy Copyright 2013 odbox. This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 3.0 Unported License.
  • 19. Model the behavior you desire to see Learning Stance Allow Failure Admit Ignorance Map Failure to Discovery Copyright 2013 odbox. This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 3.0 Unported License.
  • 20. Other considerations Provide Options Learning Inertia Design an environment Informal vs. Formal Input & Output Action & Reflection Copyright 2013 odbox. This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 3.0 Unported License.
  • 21. Consider context Organizational culture & goals Individual interest and access Copyright 2013 odbox. This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 3.0 Unported License.
  • 22. Activity How can you model behavior? What will help you be mindful? How can you align with your org’s goals? What are roadblocks in your org’s culture? Copyright 2013 odbox. This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 3.0 Unported License.
  • 23. Wrap Up Organizations remain viable through improving their people Model the behavior and changes you wish to see around you Find alignment and avoid or remove roadblocks Encourage continual learning opportunities for you and others Copyright 2013 odbox. This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 3.0 Unported License.
  • 24. Thank You :) Any questions? Matt Barcomb @mattbarcomb matt@odbox.co Copyright 2013 odbox. This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 3.0 Unported License.

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